Pierre Gauthier was terrible but...
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01-27-2013, 06:20 PM
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Et le But
Gauthier had good and bad moves. His contracts were reasonable - some overpayments but nothing as awful as Gainey with Gomez and Cammalleri. Some bad trades (Kaberle, other panic trades), some good ones (trading for Wizniewski and then not overpaying to keep him, the tank trades last year, trading Halak instead of Price) plus bringing in Diaz and Emelin and signing Cole.
Even as far as "toughness" goes he is responsible for things like promoting White and increasing our size last year (in good and bad ways)
If you look at player decisions individually he actually did more good than bad. His problem was he had no vision for building a team, basically changing the identity every time they ran into problem, and awful, personnel management and communications. And his attempts to dismantle the scouting staff were really dumb.
Really, he was not a good GM by any means but he wasn't the second coming of Houle like he's described here. He might actually be good for Chicago if he sticks to scouting.
He wasn't Houle bad, but he was bad. Also, it was the moves he didn't make that made him look bad as well. The Markov blunder...and then letting Hamr go and banking on Emelin and Diaz in their 1st years? Then he goes after a guy who no longer plays in the league in Campoli?
How about at the trade deadline 2 years ago where Max was injured and we needed another forward. This guy gets Sopel and Mara...2 players who no longer play in the league then comes up with some stupid roof story as to why Halpern was on the 1st line?
The fact that the team was soft and he did NOTHING to address it...even after the beatdown in beantown...then realizes a year later that we needed to get bigger and tougher?
Our bottom 6 has been a mess with him.
The Kaberle trade was absolutely terrible and now it's handcuffing us like I said it would.
Halak deal was not good either.
Lastly, he knew Martin's style and did not build a team that complimented his style. Terrible GM.
Emelin was in the system. Diaz is a good little player but not someone you praise a GM for getting. Cole deal...he offered more money and term than any other team.
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